• Mexican judge suspends U.S. extradition order for fugitive 'Chapo' Guzman

    A Mexican judge temporarily suspended a U.S. extradition order on Friday for the fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even though the federal attorney general's office had approved it a day earlier. Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug traffickers, broke out of a maximum security…

  • On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

    China says it is a threat to nobody, but needs to update outdated equipment and has to be able to defend what is now the world's second largest economy. "The maritime security environment is more complicated, and the undercurrents in the East and South China Seas have been gushing up," the paper…

  • Accused Russian Taliban depicted in U.S. court as assault mastermind

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Accused Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin, the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court, was portrayed by prosecutors and testimony Friday as the commander behind an attack on U.S. and Afghan forces six years ago near the…

  • Zimbabwe calls for dentist to be extradited over Cecil the lion: Is US likely to cooperate?

    Zimbabwe government officials are calling for the extradition of the American dentist who has admitted to shooting Cecil the lion earlier this month. Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister, said that Zimbabwe has already started extradition procedures against Minnesota dentist…

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  • With Confederate flags at MLK church, fight for national identity persists

    The placing of four Confederate flags next to a US civil rights landmark in Atlanta was perhaps part “terroristic tactic,” as one religious leader remarked. Officials from the Atlanta Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security are debating…

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  • Next stop, Florida swamps: Two women qualify for final phase of Ranger School

    Two Army soldiers are still in the running to become the first women ever to earn a Ranger tab. Coming into the mountain phase, three of the 19 women who originally began Ranger School back in April were still at Ranger School. The soldiers are part of a pilot program this year to allow women to…

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  • Iran calls for Israel's nuclear disarmament

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says now that his country has accepted strict curbs on its nuclear program, it’s time for Israel and the world's other nuclear powers to begin their disarmament. In an article published in The Guardian on Friday, Mr. Zarif argues that while…

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  • AP's Myanmar journalist Aye Aye Win retires after 25 years

    BANGKOK (AP) — Aye Aye Win, The Associated Press chief of bureau in Myanmar who told her country's story to the world despite threats, surveillance and official warnings, is retiring after 25 years with the news agency.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The 4 ½-minute speech that has reverberated throughout Japan's modern history since it was delivered by Emperor Hirohito at the end of World War II has come back to life in digital form. Hirohito's "jewel voice" — muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality — was broadcast…

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  • India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At the stroke of midnight Friday, tens of thousands of stateless people who were stranded for decades along the poorly defined border between India and Bangladesh will finally get to choose their citizenship, as the two countries swapped more than 150 pockets of land to settle the…

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  • Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation

    By Anca Ulea and Ebrahim Harris PARIS/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin. It will be delivered to a military…

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  • China's state-backed curlers hope for Winter Olympic sweep

    When Liu Jinli first heard the soft rumble of curling stones slipping over Chinese ice a decade ago, the sport was virtually unknown in the country. China's rapid rise up the curling ranks is part of a wider growth in winter sports promoted by the country's authorities as Beijing pursued its…

  • Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated

    A piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part was almost certainly recovered from missing flight MH370. Paris' Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the…

  • Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lion

    The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultimately harm the big cats. The…

  • Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday.

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  • California governor declares state of emergency over raging wildfires

    By Curtis Skinner and Victoria Cavaliere SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a string of wildfires raged across the state and a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in drought-parched forest, officials said. The firefighter, David Ruhl of…

  • U2 welcomes the Clintons, Springsteen at New York show

    NEW YORK (AP) — For its last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden, U2 welcomed some very famous guests.

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